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Patent Law & Policy Law

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About This Course

Patent law and policy can be intriguing. Former Chief Justice of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Radar, and GW Law School Associate Dean John Whelean will take you through patent law and policy basics as they clarify foundational elements, ask penetrating questions, and relate case studies and examples for you to consider.

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Former Chief Justice of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Radar

President Ronald Reagan appointed Rader to the United States Court of Federal Claims in 1988, to succeed Robert M. M. Seto. The United States Senate confirmed the nomination by unanimous consent on August 11, 1988.[1] On June 12, 1990, Rader was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated by Jean Galloway Bissell.[2] Rader was confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1990, and received his commission on August 9, 1990.

While on the Federal Circuit, Rader has served as a law professor, having taught patent law and advanced intellectual property courses at the University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC. Rader is co-author of a casebook on patent law used at over sixty-five law schools. He has received many awards, including the J. William Fulbright Award for Distinguished Public Service, 2000. As an appellate judge, Rader has also led or participated in over sixty delegations to foreign nations, usually to teach rule of law or intellectual property concepts in developing nations.

On May 23, 2014, Rader announced his resignation as Chief Judge effective May 30, 2014.[6] Rader remained a judge on the court, and Judge Sharon Prost succeeded him as Chief Judge.[7] On June 13, 2014, Rader announced his retirement from the court effective June 30, 2014.

GW Law School Associate Dean, John Whelean

Before joining GW Law School in 2008, Dean Whealan worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he served as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and solicitor since 2001. Dean Whealan represented the USPTO in all intellectual property litigation in federal court and advised the agency on a variety of policy issues. During his tenure, he argued approximately 30 cases before the Federal Circuit and, with his staff, was responsible for briefing and arguing more than 250 cases. Dean Whealan also assisted the U.S. Solicitor General on virtually every intellectual property case that has been heard by the Supreme Court since 2001. He also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the last year.

Prior to 2001, Dean Whealan was a staff attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission where he litigated several investigations involving intellectual property matters. He has clerked at both the appellate and trial court levels, serving as law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader, J.D. '78, of the Federal Circuit and Judge James T. Turner of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Dean Whealan has engaged in private practice at Fish and Neave in New York and worked as a design engineer for General Electric. For the past 10 years, he has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The Franklin Pierce Law Center and also has taught courses at George Mason University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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